The Academy 2018: sponsor a scholar

Give someone the chance to attend our residential weekend.

The AoI set up The Academy in 2011: a residential summer school with the immodest ambition of defending scholarship in an age of impact statements and instrumental approaches to education. We were particularly concerned about the humanities being weighed out by the yard and forced to justify themselves in terms of the difference they might make to social mobility or GDP or whatever the latest fashionable target is this week. We believe education must fixate on content, not object or process. And we think that we should not be embarrassed to pursue truth and beauty just because they are there, and not to ask what they might do for us.

We also believe that if we need anything today it is a new generation of public intellectuals to turn ‘a stream of fresh and free thought upon our stock notions and habits’. And that it is incumbent on those of us who still remember what universities used to be like to try and point this generation in that direction.

The Academy 2018 is a two-day residential that offers a real intellectual retreat: a chance to cultivate ourselves with the help of good books, good teachers, and in good company. We want to allow students to take part, especially young students in full-time education.

Education of course is priceless, but not necessarily free. We ask our lecturers – many of them eminent scholars – to waive their usual fees. And we try and keep room and board costs as low as possible. We don’t make a profit on the event ourselves. We are repeating the scholarship scheme this year and are asking your help to allow us to let as many scholars as possible attend.

If you would like to sponsor a Scholar (or indeed a number of Scholars) with a donation of just £175 per Scholar, please click on this link to donate. Of course, we hope that you will be able to attend yourself as well as giving someone else the chance but, if not, letting someone else take your place is at least the next best thing.


Claire Fox
co-convenor, The Academy

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